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'Fashions for September 1838'

published in The New Monthly Belle Assemblée
hand-coloured etching, published September 1838
9 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (237 mm x 141 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47744

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Described in the magazine, where it was the right half of a double-page spread:
Public Promenade Dress - India muslin robe redingote, trimmed round the front and down the border with English point lace, which is headed by a bouillon, through which blue ribbon is ran. Corsage of the shawl form, turning over en pelerine, and bordered to correspond with the skirt. Mantelet of the scarf form, trimmed en suite. White crape drawn bonnet, decorated with blue ribbons, and gerbes of foliage; the veil is spotted tulle.
Carriage Dress - Pelisse robe of pink gros de Naples, the border and fronts of the skirts are embroidered in a lace pattern with black silk: Corsage half-high and tight to the shape. The sleeves moderately wide, except at the top, where they are finished by lace volans. Lace fichu attached by a pink breast knot. Rice straw hat, profusely trimmed with white ribbons and exotics.
Half-length figures and fashionable millinery
No. 4. Morning Bonnet of Swiss straw, trimmed with black lace, and gold-coloured ribbons.
No. 5. Morning Dress - Light green gros de Naples robe, a high corsage, and sleeves demi large; Italian straw hat of a very large size, the interior of the brim trimmed with a wreath of roses, the crown adorned with white ostrich feathers.
No. 6. - A back view of the hat just described.
No. 9. Turban Cap of tulle blond, trimmed with the same material, a roleau of ribbon, and sprigs of flowers.
No. 10. Evening Cap of tulle, a small round shape, decorated with a half-wreath of flowers.

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Current affairs

The Anti-Corn Law league is established in Manchester, led by Richard Cobden and John Bright, aiming to create a fully free-trade economy.
The People's Charter is published, demanding many constitutional amendments that would become central to future democratic reform, including universal male suffrage and secret ballots. Despite having one million signatures (and 5 million by 1848), the petition was rejected.
Slavery is completely abolished.

Art and science

Turner's The Fighting Temeraire is exhibited at the Royal Academy. The Temeraire, which had broken the line at the Battle of Trafalgar, was a reflection on the rapid changes of the industrial age. This was demonstrated this year when Isambard Brunel's Great Western crosses the Atlantic, in just fifteen days - a ship under sail could take a month.
The London-Birmingham railway is also completed, the line engineered by Robert Stephenson.

International

The first stage in the formation of independent Boer republics in South Africa, as the Republic of Natal is formed in South Africa, following the Boers defeat of the Matabele of Mzilikasi. This comes two years after the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of the British-ruled colony of South Africa set out on the Great Trek, in search of their own independent state.
The Central American Federation, an experimental republic formed of several Latin states splits.

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